As a rule, offering consumers more freedom of choice is better.
So, it may surprise you to learn that the 2017 Porsche 911 (Type-991/2) will not offer Google’s “Android Auto” infotainment operating system. Why not? According to the folks at Motor Trend, it boils down to what Porsche sees as overly invasive data-gathering.
Motor Trend reports that if the 2017 Porsche 911 were to offer Android Auto, the automaker would have to enter into an agreement to furnish Google with continuous information such as vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temperatures, and engine speed. The German marque reportedly feels as though such information could compromise some of the trade secrets behind what makes driving its cars so special.
For Google’s part, the company denies that this list of data is accurate; the 2017 Porsche 911 would not have to provide throttle position or coolant temperature, for example. Still, the tech giant declined to comment on what information would be gathered, although a spokesperson reminded Motor Trend that of course, each user would have to opt-in to sharing any information upon first pairing their Android phone to the 2017 Porsche 911’s infotainment system. Plus, some of the data is used for safety, while some is used to optimize the user experience.
The data that Google might sell to other companies or use in the development of its own autonomous car? That’s not important; don’t worry about it.